H5N1: Trying to track Ebola

This morning, March 22, Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene announces that the disease is confirmed to be Ebola. The case count is now 49 cases with 34 deaths: 5 new deaths overnight.

Early this afternoon, a Reuters report said there might be a case in Sierra Leone. A little later, Le Monde reports 80 cases and “at least 59 dead.”

About an hour ago, just after 3:00 p.m. PST, another Reuters report says Sierra Leone authorities are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy in the town of Buedu, very close to the Guinea border and the town of Guéckédu.

And just half an hour ago, a reader named Henrik leaves a comment saying his daughter, a doctor in Foya, Liberia, reports one confirmed Ebola deaths and has heard that Ebola is in Monrovia, the capital.

It’s now 11:15 p.m. in Conakry, and I don’t know if we’ll get any more reports from Guinea or its neighbours until Sunday morning, their time. But this has certainly been an eventful day.

via H5N1: Trying to track Ebola.